Stanford's Pedersen Voted Toyo Tires Pac-10 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD senior forward Kayla Pedersen was named the 2011 Toyo Tires Pac-10 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament, where the award was presented to Pedersen. The award, which is presented in the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

A four-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) will graduate from Stanford with a degree in communication and psychology, while boasting a 3.53 grade point average. A national player of the year candidate, Pedersen has excelled in the classroom, as well, earning Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors twice and was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate this year.

Pedersen has been a significant contributor to a Cardinal squad that has won the Pac-10 regular-season crown in each of her four seasons, three-consecutive Conference tournament titles and has three trips to the NCAA Women's Final Four, which also includes two appearances in the national championship game.

Helping the Cardinal capture the top seed in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament after Stanford went undefeated in league play (18-0), Pedersen enters the championship ranks 19th all-time in the Pac-10 history books with 1,861 points, and third all-time in career rebounding (1,211).

Eligible student-athletes include seniors on track to receive a degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have been at their institution for more than a year and participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in their particular sport.

Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo Tires® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.

The Pac-10 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-10 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2009-10 academic year.

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